Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-centered Design (1FTE - FTC)

Date advertised

10 March 2023

Closing date

3 April 2023


School of Design


Design Products

Required hours

Full Time




£40,670 - £44,029 per annum

Fixed Term contract to 31.1.2027

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number 1 art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – the largest world-wide survey of academic and industry opinion.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with interest in user centered and planet centered design. Ecological Citizens is recruiting 3 postdoctoral researchers. This role is located at the RCA (London) with 2 others at the SEI and Glyndwr. The role will spend time working within post-sustainable frameworks. Technological prototyping, and experience of designing ubiquitous computing, is desirable. The role will include: the conceiving, development, and  deployment of both strategic and tangible workshops, contributing to strategic direction, leveraging design-led processes. The work will rely on good communication and team working skills. The successful candidate will work alongside the principal researcher, co-investigators, the national team, partners, and other roles within the project. The project is design-led but an active interest in; the natural world, materials, and the digital economy would be beneficial.   This is a full time role, fixed term until 31.1.2027.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate at least one of the following: 

  • PhD in a related field of art & design, engineering, physical computing or a closely related discipline, or equivalent level of experience in a different sector, or a Master’s degree and significant experience in research projects.

Evidence of producing quality research outputs relevant to the career stage and discipline, for example outputs in peer-reviewed academic conferences or journals that will be strategically aligned with the team and require support, under the direction of the PI.

Evidenced experience of contributing to and reporting on projects.  A demonstrable understanding of good practice in research conduct (including in research ethics, research integrity and handling research data).  Evidenced flexibility and confidence to tackle a wide range of tasks, with an open, pro-active, creative, and problem-solving approach.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills, with the ability to adopt an appropriate style for a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences, along with strong interpersonal and team-working skills.

The role will involve travelling to the different academic sites throughout the project.

Please see information pack for further details.

Applications will close at 11.59pm on 3rd April 2023

Interview will be held 20th and 21st April 2023

Further details:  Information Pack  
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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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